Ignite Program


The Heights School is a school that caters for all students from pre-school to SACE completion, located in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. Within The Heights School gifted students are enrolled at all year levels and make up a significant population within our school. The Ignite program is a specific program designed to accelerate and extend gifted students commences at year 8.

The Ignite students study in the Middle and Senior Sub schools accessing specialist extension programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The STEM program is designed to challenge and inspire our students to achieve across all areas of their education, integrating literacy, creativity, and group work allowing student to work in high achieving teams.

Entry into the year 8 Ignite program is based on individual results in a test conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). This occurs each year in February, and students complete this test at the beginning of year 7 in preparation for their entry into year 8.

The main features of the Ignite program are:

The year 8/9 Ignite accelerated class. These students complete two years of curriculum in one year, and move directly into year 10 the following year.

The year 8/9 Ignite extended class. This class works through years 8 and 9 at the normal pace but completes an extended and highly challenging curriculum.

On completion of either the accelerated or extended program the students continue through Senior School as a member of this same home group, allowing them to stay with their academic peers.

There is a pre-Ignite class at years 6 and 7. Entry into this class is determined by school zone, completion of an ACER spatial reasoning/problem solving test, the student’s NaPLAN results, other DECD testing, and their school reports.

In the Junior School gifted students are catered for within classes. Entry into The Heights Junior School is through the normal school entry processes, including The Heights being the nearest local primary school to your home, or having one of the child’s siblings already a student in our school.

The Heights School is easily accessible by public transport, including the O-Bahn. The Heights also has an extensive range of extracurricular activities that will appeal to gifted students, including the Chess Club, the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Lego League, Pedal Prix, Student Representative Council, and a wide range of sports.

If you are interested in the Ignite Program for your child’s education we encourage you to make contact so that we can clarify the testing process and possible enrolment timing with you. The Heights School is recognised both nationally and internationally as a school of excellence in gifted education.


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